Small Pool Swimmers – Update 1

We have just started the process for getting small pool groups C, D and E back into the water for the beginning of July.
We have sent emails to parents of all Tadpole C, D and E swimmers with details of next steps. If you haven’t received the email but think you should have, please check your junk folder and if it’s not there please contact Clare Noble at gd-membership@outlook.com asap as deadlines are tight and spaces are limited.
We don’t as yet have a date for the return of Tadpole A and B swimmers.
Thank you
GDSC Management Team

Main Pool Swimmers – Update 3

We are on the final step towards swimmers returning to the main pool from 1st June.

Yesterday (May 10th) letters were posted out to all main pool swimmers who have paid their Swim England registration fees. The letter contains information about allocated swim sessions and fees to be paid along with a declaration form which needs signing and returning in the SAE.

We have also included information about our new club software – Club Organiser – which we will be using to manage members payments via direct debit. We will be sending emails with Club Organiser account activation details on Saturday 15th May. Once activated we need swimmers to set up a direct debit mandate through the Club Organiser account by 22nd May at the latest. This is a deadline that cannot be extended if a swimmer wishes to return at the beginning of June.

If you have any questions or difficulties with the direct debit set up please contact Julie Richardson:
gd-finance@outlook.com
mobile: 07541 063980

If you have any questions or difficulties accessing your Club Organiser account please contact Clare Noble:
gd-membership@outlook.com
mobile: 07541 098310

DARTES OPEN MEET

Hi All

Doncaster Dartes have set a gala set up for September 2021. This is a reasonable 1st gala back Covid 19 rules permitting.

See the flyer below for details and anyone wishing to enter, get in touch with Mark ASAP as it may fill up quickly.

Regards Mark.

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Main Pool Swimmers – Update 2

We are on step 2 of the plans for returning to swimming for main pool swimmers. Emails have been sent to returning main pool swimmers who had chosen not to pay their ASA fees in January. The email contains information about payment details. The deadline for ASA fees payment is Monday 19th April.
If haven’t already paid ASA fees for this year and you have not received an email, please contact either gd-finance@outlook.com or gd-membership@outlook.com asap.
Thank you

Return to Swimming Update 1

The Government roadmap could allow WLDC to open the pool again from 12th April.

The work the club now needs to do for us to get back into the water is detailed and takes time. The process has already started but because of the steps we have to take, and the Bank Holidays etc., the target date for starting up again is Tuesday 1st June for the Main Pool and 5th July 2021 provisionally for the Small Pool.

We need to make sure all swimmers are registered with the ASA, confirm all contact information is correct and notify swimmers/parents what Club fees to pay and when to start paying. Plus the necessary Covid forms will need signing and returning

Se therefore we need all swimmers to confirm to us that that they wish to restart their membership again and want to return to the pool as soon as we can make that happen.

Please send an email to gd-finance@outlook.com before 4th April 2021 confirming the following information – this will allow us to go to the next step in the process.

  1. Swimmer’s name
  2. GD unique membership No.
  3. Parent’s name
  4. Current postal address
  5. Current contact phone number

This information is key to the successful return to the water; without knowledge of the number wanting to come back we cannot plan effectively.

Please circulate this amongst people you know who may not see GD postings – help us please, spread the word

FYI – Covid risk assessments/policies are available within the Covid 19 drop down menu.

For your advanced information –

We are looking at the possibility of swimming straight through the summer with no shutdown as would normally happen – this will be confirmed after further review with the teacher/coaches.

Mark Smith is also intending to post on the website some basic swim sets that swimmers could do in a public swim until the club get back up and running.

SWIM ENGLAND (ASA) FEE’S

In December we wrote to all main pool swimmers with details about paying this year’s Swim England fees. Unfortunately as we know, things did not go as planned and the current lockdown has meant that all our plans for a return to swimming have been put on hold.

As a club we must still pay Swim England fees for our club members or lapse their membership regardless of if we are actually swimming or not, sadly, that is their rules.

Considering this, we have made the decision to lapse membership of all small pool swimmers as we don’t currently have a clear plan of how and when they will be able to return to swimming. 

For main pool swimmers we are now offering the option of still paying their Swim England fees (as per the information posted out) which means their Swim England and GDSC membership will continue, ready for when we are able to swim again. This needs to be paid by 31 January.

If main pool parents / swimmers would rather wait to see when swimming restarts before making any Swim England payments that is not a problem, but we will need to lapse the swimmer’s ASA and club memberships. These will both need to go through the full processing procedure before swimmers can restart their sessions when we get the go ahead to start again. 

Please be reassured, if you choose to lapse your swimming membership there will be an opportunity for all swimmers to reinstate their membership when their group returns to swimming, should they wish to. Please note however, the Swim England fee will remain the same amount, regardless of when a swimmer re-joins, it is a fixed fee for the year.

Should you have any queries or concerns about membership or returning to the pool please contact Clare or Julie direct by email.

Clare          gd-membership@outlook.com.  

Julie           gd-finance@outlook.com